In­ter­na­tional Gath­er­ing cel­e­brates 125 years

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

The Ma­clean Clan In­ter­na­tional Gath­er­ing is to be held from Tues­day to Sun­day, June 20 to 25, with the prin­ci­pal event be­ing the gath­er­ing at Duart on Satur­day June 24.

The num­ber at­tend­ing is ex­pected to be in the re­gion of 700 clans­peo­ple, com­ing from Ar­gentina, South Africa, Swe­den, Aus­tralia, New Zealand as well as France Bel­gium, Ger­many, Eng­land, Wales and Scot­land.

There will be a wel­come for all, es­pe­cially those from Mull and Argyll, to at­tend the Satur­day gath­er­ing, which will in­clude the March of the Clan and the in­stal­la­tion of the new Chief’s Piper, Calum Ma­clean, from Tober­mory. There will also be re- en­ac­tors, dancers, pipe bands, sto­ry­tellers and a harpist.

2017 is the Year of His­tory, Her­itage and Ar­chae­ol­ogy, and the gath­er­ing will be a chance for Ma­cleans to see the work that has al­ready been un­der­taken in the ma­jor con­ser­va­tion and on­go­ing re­pair work on Duart Cas­tle. Most of this work has so far been con­cerned with the keep, and also re­pairs to the ‘ghost walk’.

The world­wide Clan Ma­clean has con­trib­uted more than £125,000 to the ap­peal so far. Sir Lach­lan Ma­clean has said how grate­ful he is to the clan for their sup­port, and es­pe­cially to the many donors of small sums, who have con­trib­uted to this mag­nif­i­cent to­tal.

The gath­er­ing has been called to cel­e­brate the 125th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Clan Ma­clean As­so­ci­a­tion in 1892 in Glas­gow. The as­so­ci­a­tion, still based in Glas­gow, now has a world­wide mem­ber­ship of about 4,500, un­der the pres­i­dency of Vera Ma­cLean, widow of the late Colonel Don­ald Ma­cLean, who to­gether ar­ranged so many of the pre­vi­ous gath­er­ings, which started in 1986. This gath­er­ing is be­ing ar­ranged by Anne Ma­clean, wife of Canon Ma­clean, for­merly provost of St John’s Cathe­dral, Oban.

The Clan Ma­clean As­so­ci­a­tion is very grate­ful for the award of a Sup­port­ing Com­mu­nity Fund grant from Argyll and Bute Coun­cil, and has also re­ceived a VisitS­cot­land grant of £ 5,000 from the Scot­tish Clan Event Fund set up to en­cour­age ‘clan tourism’, which is specif­i­cally for the mar­quee at Duart.

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